Research Scientist

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: SciB
Work Location: Western - Horsham
Reference: VG/081141
Closing Date: 08-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: DJSIR PD 081141.docx (Word, 177KB)
Job Specification

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Job Specification

Contact: Sally Norton
0439 176 116

Position Details

Please note: Due to Machinery of Government changes under Section 30 of the Public Administration Act (PAA), effective 1 January 2023, your employment will be with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. Corporate Services, including payroll, will be provided by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions while a process for the formal transfer of staff in impacted areas is implemented.

The Team

The position of Research Scientist forms a part of the Agriculture Victoria Research Branch, Plant Sciences Unit and Plant Molecular Breeding Team. Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

The Role

We are seeking a motivated and experienced Research Scientist to work within the Australian Grains Genebank (AGG), which is the national center for plant genetic resources for grain crops. The AGG acquires, quarantines, conserves and distributes plant genetic resources relevant to the Australian grains industry, ensuring it has access to the valuable germplasm needed to sustain national productivity targets into the future.

You will undertake applied research on germplasm and associated data to improve curation management practices, conservation and utilisation of winter cereal crop species within the AGG. You will contribute to the development and management of research programs to import, conserve and evaluate AGG's seed collections, and assist in the development and implementation of genebank Quality Management Systems and Standard Operating Procedures. 

About You

You will need to work effectively as part of the AGG team at Horsham under the guidance of the Senior Research Scientist and Leader of the AGG program. You will undertake greenhouse and field work, and work closely with genebank clients, the community, industry stakeholders and international genebanks. You will supervise technical and/or junior research staff.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Sally Norton, Research Leader, Australian Grains Genebank on 0439 176 116 or at

Applicants will be required to comply with the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Region's (department's) COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, as outlined in the department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy and in line with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, directions, policies or procedures, including but not limited to any requirement to provide evidence of vaccination status.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. To be eligible for this position you must hold the mandatory qualification as outlined in the position description. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJSIR Recruitment Team at with the position number in the subject line.

We respect and welcome people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, abilities, and cultures.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 8 February 2023.

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